Centre for Excellence

Darwin High School is a Centre for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.

About the C4E program

Students in our C4E program are provided with a range of opportunities that extend their learning beyond the normal classroom. This includes:

  • specialised scientific/mathematical learning opportunities through our industry partnerships with Xtrata and Conoco Phillips;
  • access to workshops through our C4E partnership with Charles Darwin University
  • opportunities to compete in local and national Science and Mathematics competitions
  • priority access to excursion opportunities including an annual C4E trip to Singapore and Malaysia and the biennial trip to NASA in the United States.

All of our C4E teachers are qualified in two or more Stage 2 subjects.

Who is C4E for?

Typically our C4E program is for students aspiring to careers in engineering, including chemical and mechanical; mathematics; and science including biotechnology, forensic science, and medicine. Nevertheless, the program is open to all students who have a thirst for learning and demonstrated aptitude in Mathematics and Science learning areas.

Students who succeed in C4E are independent learners who welcome the challenge of taking on additional work and developing a greater depth and breadth of knowledge in the C4E learning areas. C4E classes follow the same curriculum as mainstream Science/Mathematics students but explore additional topics with a focus on cross-subject skills development through greater integration across subjects.

How do I apply?

Entry into C4E is selective. This means students in Year 9 apply for a limited number of places and undertake a series of placement tests in:

  • General abilities
  • Science aptitude
  • Mathematics aptitude

Final selection into the program is based on test results and past academic performance (evidenced through school reports). Students are selected for entry into C4E Mathematics, C4E Science or both learning areas depending on their aptitude. 

Entry testing for current Year 9 students for the 2024 Program will be held on Saturday 16 September at 8.30am Darwin High School. 

Registration for 2024 closes on Wednesday 13 September and late registrations will not be accepted.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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